Clarion County wants more info for comprehensive plan

The favorite place in Clarion County is the county’s park near Shippenville, according to a survey conducted as part of the preparation of the county’s new comprehensive plan.

Laura Ludwig, a community planner with Herbert, Rowland and Grubic (HRG) of Cranberry Township, the firm hired to help craft the plan, said other popular places in the county include downtown Clarion, the Clarion River, trails, Clarion Borough, Clarion Township and Cook Forest.

Ludwig noted the number of people at the first meeting in July was fewer than she had hoped as only 24 attended, with almost half of them from the immediate Clarion area.

The attendees indicated the county needed to attract new stores and restaurants to the boroughs, improve access to the Clarion River, improvements to the county park such as an amphitheater and a concession stand, improved connections to some of the existing trails, better marketing and signage, preservation of Cook Forest and improved broadband.

The last county comprehensive plan was updated in 2004. The plan includes goals and strategies for many facets of the county including community facilities, parks and recreation, housing, economic development, land use, historic and cultural resources, the environment, and public infrastructure.

Ludwig said additional information is needed, and a survey has been posted on the county’s webpage. The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, will be closed at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

Ludwig said the survey results will help guide the final draft of the plan.

She said an additional public meeting will be held in November and the plan should be completed in early 2022.